Chopping up a PHB

So as our AD&D game gets going, I’ve decided that I would like to have an electronic and searchable version of the rules available for use as needed. Now, I won’t try to pretend that I’ve never done an internet search to find less-than-legal versions of the books, but I’ve not been at all impressed with the quality. Even worse, from what I’ve gathered, the crappy PDFs I’ve dismissed as, well, crappy PDFs are, in fact, the PDFs that were offered for sale by Wizards. If I’d paid money for those, I would have been less than thrilled.

Anyway, I’ve been grabbing a few copies of the 1e AD&D books off of eBay, and I’ve now got a total of four playable Players Handbooks. One of the sellers I bought from had another chewed-up copy which I scored for next-to-nothing, so I nabbed that as well and immediately chopped the cover and lopped off the binding. The pages are in good shape and I’m now involved with scanning it in for my own use.

At some point I’ll be doing the same with cheap copies of the MM and DMG.

I cringed at cutting up one of the finite number of PHBs left, but the cover was totally shot and this will come in quite handy. It was an eighth printing.

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7 Responses to Chopping up a PHB

  1. Timeshadows says:

    Will you be saving the pages in sheet protectors and rounding them up into a binder? I’ve done that with one of my three or four copies of Tunnels & Trolls, and a photocopied version of Monsters! Monsters!. It’s really handy, yet well protected. 🙂

    Best to you on your project. 🙂

    • Kilgore says:

      I’ve been thinking about what, exactly, I’ll do with the chopped copies once I’ve got them scanned in and OCRed and am happy. I’m not really in a rush to decide since I’ve got a few copies to use in play for the time being and will probably accumulate a few more if the AD&D bug turns out to permanent.

      Sheet protectors in a binding is worth thinking about, though. It could be used (all 3 core books in one, for instance) or it could be just to archive/preserve them for the inevitable “next scanning project” which will doubtlessly seem so necessary at some point.

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  3. 1d30 says:

    Could have it re-bound library-style. Would be more durable than even the original binding.

  4. bat says:

    Yeow. WotC would avoid this kind of thing happening if they just would re-release their pdfs of old stuff. Too bad you cannot locate their versions of the PHB, DMG and MM, which are not as bad. Alas, that PC has been compromised and the HD is in a coma right now as I try to retrieve my files from it. :/

  5. Zanazaz says:

    I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing. Although, I wasn’t originally a big fan of electronic formats I found they can be really useful.

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